I had 32 blocks left from the Crazy Quilt of my last post. I wanted this one to be larger and different.
I chose to use some black “sashing” to accentuate the blocks. “Sashing” is basically cutting 3″ strips of black fabric scraps and framing the blocks like window panes.
It’s a fun and mindless endeavor. I didn’t even know what it was called until recently. A quilt shop owner said “Oh, I like your sashing”. And I was like ….. ” Uh, thanks (so….. that’s what it’s called).”
Here is the quilt top with Tiger-Kitty ready to pounce.
I swear, these cats only give my about a minute and a half to take a picture before they are swinging off my quilts on the close line.
I just want to make it perfectly clear. That I have never, ever, ever hung laundry on it.
(Not that there is anything wrong with that.)
I digress. I didn’t have enough black fabric in my stash for the backing. No other color seemed right. Given the fact that I live 90 miles from a fabric store and I have OCD about finishing projects RIGHT NOW, …….. I did the “unthinkable” again.
I went to Walmart. Yes, that’s right, I went to Walmart. I said it. (I bought the batting there, too).
I have learned one lesson for my future OCD treatment. I sacrificed a little quality. Enough said.
I really haven’t figured out batting yet. Or machine quilting either. I’m kind of winging it. I used the old fashioned, conditioned method of buying a few books to learn more. Then I had a light-bulb moment. Sometimes I forget about the power of the internet. I can’t help it. I went to college in the 70’s. I took my CPA exam with pencil and paper. Not even a calculator.
Through the magic of the Internet, I discovered Craftsy.com . I bought an inexpensive, in-depth class on Machine Quilting and Free-Motion Quilting taught by Wendy Butler Burns.
Now, I’m “Cookin’. ……….. with gas.
I finished the quilt, before I finished the course.
I’m in love with this art form.
I could sew these red “fiber-doodles” on black fabric forever and ever amen. It’s meditative.
Could not help myself. I had to sign it.
Love, Cowgirl Red aka Terah
P.S. It is for sale. It measures 84 X 44